When including emissions caused by deforestation, Bolivia’s greenhouse gas emissions per person are around 10 tCO2/person/year, which is not quite as high as United States, but higher than the Euro area, double the world average, and much, much higher than most other lower middle-income countries. This is another example of wasteful behaviour in Bolivia, which needs to be corrected if we are to call our development sustainable. The main potential for reducing emissions is by reducing the very high rates of deforestation, which at the same time would help reduce the risks and costs arising from climate-change induced increases in the frequency of severe flooding events1.
Since global CO2 emissions show no signs of slowing down, adaptation is crucial for Bolivia. We need to be prepared for more severe flooding events as well as more frequent droughts. This mainly means building infrastructure that can handle extreme precipitation events, and investing in irrigation systems to overcome droughts.